Bolle Brands Acquires Spy Optic

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:30 AM BOSTON, Mass.—Bolle Brands is expanding its footprint in the premium performance sports and sports lifestyle eyewear category with the acquisition of the Spy Optic brand from Spy Optic, a privately held company. The terms of the deal were not announced. Spy Optic president Stephen Roseman and his team will remain in place, a Bolle spokesperson told VMail. Bolle Brands is a portfolio investment of A&M Capital Europe, the private equity fund that acquired it in August 2018. With this new acquisition, Spy Optic joins existing brand portfolio of Bolle, Bolle Safety, Serengeti, Cebe and H2Optix.

Zeiss Partners With IDOC to Bring Medical and Vision Care Products to Independent ODs

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:27 AM
NORWALK, Conn., SAN DIEGO, Calif., and DUBLIN, Calif.—IDOCZeiss Vision Care US and Zeiss Medical Technology announced today a five-year agreement to bring Zeiss’ lab services, lens products and medical equipment to all of IDOC’s more than 3,000 independent optometrists across the U.S. The agreement creates new partnership programs through which IDOC practices can access the latest innovations from Zeiss, including Zeiss UVProtect Technology, Zeiss DriveSafe lenses, Zeiss CLARUS 700, Zeiss CIRRUS HD-OCT. IDOC members who buy into the Zeiss program will be able to take advantage of services, support and special pricing.

The Galileo Vision Tour Continues in Italy

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:25 AM The Galileo Vision Tour is back. This real traveling journey dedicated to prevention and visual well-being is crossing Italy, stopping in the most beautiful squares and doing free visual checks in an equipped van.

PECAA and Medical Eyeglass Center Announce Partnership Around Dispensary Development

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:24 AM
PORTLAND, Ore.—PECAA, a nationwide doctor alliance group serving more than 3,700 independent eyecare practitioners, has entered into a strategic partnership with Medical Eyeglass Center (MEC), a leading optical dispensary development company, according to an announcement on Monday. MEC will provide PECAA members with unfettered access to its full suite of both dispensary development and turnkey dispensary management solutions designed to strengthen the optical performance of the practice and enhance the patient experience, the announcement noted.

Prive Revaux Expands Management Team as Company Builds Out Its Product Range, Augments Celeb Eyewear Capsules

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:18 AM MIAMI—Fashion eyewear brand and retailer Prive Revaux has expanded its senior management team to further extend the company's reach and its collections, including new ophthalmic quality ranges of sunwear and ophthalmic frames. The company is also continuing its fast growth pace and has been working with celebrities from the music and film sector to create new capsule collections. According to CEO David Schottenstein, "In order to effectively grow a consumer brand, you need to have the right people in place. Our goal is to be disruptive in the eyewear category and to achieve that, we've brought on experts that are nimble, forward-thinking, have a proven track record of putting the customer first, and most importantly move lightning fast."

VMAIL Scheduling Note for Sept. 18, 2019

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There will be no VMAIL on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Look for VMAIL to resume its daily schedule from Vision Expo West in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 20 and 21. To catch up on all the week’s news from Vision Expo West, go to the Latest News category on VisionMonday.com. Don’t miss the digital version of Vision Monday’s September edition, which features VM’s cover story on Smart Money: The Modern Lab, in addition to all the regular issue departments. To access the digital edition for September, click here
 

Silhouette Adds New Models to Urban Lite Family

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:06 AM

Insights for 9-17-19

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Monday, September 16, 2019 11:57 AM A lot of this is not rocket science; it's giving people simple, direct access to care when and where they need it.

Art Education and Visual Impairment

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Monday, September 16, 2019 11:32 AM When someone says "art," what do you think of? For many people, the answer likely includes some form of visual arts—paintings, photographs, sculptures, maybe even dance or writing. But art is all-encompassing, and it can and should be accessible to everyone, including people with visual impairments. Last week, Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, profiled a partnership between High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and Center for the Visually Impaired Georgia, which is bringing art and museum experiences to people with visual impairments. Head over to Americans for the Arts' blog to read more about this special partnership, and the impact it has on visually impaired people. 

Consumers Are Influenced by Brands on Social

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Monday, September 16, 2019 10:30 AM eMarketer’s Rimma Kats observes that more brands are using social platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to encourage consumers to not only discover new products, but also buy them. That approach seems to be paying off, she notes, citing a July 2019 study from rating and review marketing company Yotpo.

“Unsurprisingly, younger consumers are more likely to take to social commerce,” says Kats. “More than 55 percent of Gen Z U.S. internet users—who do half of their fashion shopping online—said their most recent fashion purchases were inspired by social media browsing. And nearly as many millennials said the same.”

Optical Gears Up for Vision Expo West

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Monday, September 16, 2019 10:03 AM Twice a year, Vision Expo takes over our Instagram feeds. During and after the show, attendees and exhibitors alike take to social media to share their experiences—and this year, many attendees are sharing their excitement for the show beforehand. There’s a lot to share in anticipation of Expo—Vision Monday will host VM LIVE: Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight on September 18, and The Modern Lab on September 19, an event in collaboration with LabTalk. So, as we start packing our suitcases and figure out how many pairs of glasses it’s socially acceptable to wear over the course of three days, here's a look at how some in the optical community are gearing up for Expo West. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: The Latest in Retinal Surgical Instruments

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Monday, September 16, 2019 10:00 AM “Retina is a rapidly changing field,” said Rahul Reddy, MD, in practice in Phoenix, pointing to the diabetes pandemic, which has been steadily increasing surgeon caseloads. “As we look to the future, what we want is instrumentation that will allow us to get good outcomes and be as efficient as possible so we can help as many patients as possible.” Here’s a look at some of the newest offerings available in vitreoretinal surgical instruments and how they’re improving patient outcomes. Read More

Diversity in Practice: Essilor Sponsors 6th Edition of EVE Asia-Pacific

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:25 AM Diversity is a key value for the Essilor group. This is why Essilor has a number of initiatives dedicated to gender diversity and empowering women to contribute at the highest levels. In support of this, Essilor sponsored the sixth edition of EVE Asia-Pacific in Singapore to inspire women and enlighten men to drive change in their organizations.